EXTRAORDINARY MYANMAR

Length

15 DAYS

Type of tour

CULTURE

Type of service

PRIVATE

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Extraordinary Myanmar is an unforgettable tour to the most important attractions of the country to learn about the burmese culture and architecture.

Explore Shwedangon Pagoda in Yangon, the most sacred monument in Myanmar, Bagan, the legendary capital of the Kingdom of Burma, the ancient cities Amarapura, Ava and Sagaing.

Hop on a private boat at Inle Lake and learn about the daily life of local fishermen, the floating artisan farms, the famous “one-legged” rowers and discover the suggestive archaeological sites of Indein and Kakku Pagoda Complex with 2400 stupas.

Visit the notorious Mount Popa on the core of an extinct volcano  active about 25,000 years ago, home to 37 magical spirits. 

Travel in time on the panoramic railway to Hsipaw over the Goteik viaductbetween steep hills and breathtaking gorges.

This example itinerary can be customized according to actual travel needs and can be combined with other routes.

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Length : 15D 14N
From : YANGON
To :YANGON
Destinations : Yangon, Bagan, Taunggyi, Kakku, Inle Lake, Indein, Pyin Oo Iwin, Hsipaw, Mandalay, Amarapura, Sagaing

ITINERARY

01. ARRIVE IN YANGON - CITY TOUR

Shwedagon Pagoda © Gabriele StoiaShwedagon Pagoda

Arrive in Yangon and accommodation in Hotel.

Upon arrival at Yangon we take a scenic walk amongst magnifecent colonial building and new skyscrapers symbol of recent economic progress.

Visit Sule Pagoda, built in the 3rd century and today part of the economy of the city.

We end the day at the famous Shwedagon Pagoda, the most sacred in Myanmar. The massive bell of the stupa is gold-plated and the tip is embellished with diamonds, rubies, sapphires and topazes. An unmissable show and the most suitable place to begin your journey.

Included : Private pick up from them airport, tour guide, tickets, private transportation and hotel

02. YANGON CITY TOUR

Karaweik Barge © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelKaraweik Barge

After breakfast visit Botataung Pagoda where a thousand military officers were invested with the role of “honor guard” to guard the Buddha’s relics transported from India more than 2000 years ago.

We stop at the Strand Hotel opened in 1901 and continue to Bogyoke Aung San Market, or “Scott Market”, one of the largest bazaars in Yangon where over 2000 merchants sell clothes, precious stones, traditional crafts and souvenirs. 

We continue to Kandawgyi Park where we enjoy the beautiful view of the Karaweik barge, the sumptuous palace built in the 70s on a royal barge.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

03. BAGAN

Htilo-Minlo TempleHtilo Minlo – Bagan

In the early morning we catch the domestic flight to Bagan the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Pagan from IX to XIII, formerly known as the Arimaddanapura. Of the 10,000 temples 2,200 survived over 700 years of history. Bagan was for many decades the center of religious studies since the times of the Khmer Kingdom.

Upon arrival we visit the colorful and crowded local market: a unique opportunity to observe local folklore and learn about the Burmese daily lifestyle. We continue with a visit to Shwezigon Pagoda, the prototype of the stupas built subsequently in Myanmar, for an introduction to the rich history of the archaeological Bagan temple complex. 

Afterwards we visit Wetkyi-In Gu-Byauk-Gyi temple, known for the narrative murals of the Jataka (previous life of Buddha) and the two-storey temple Htilo-Minlo, known for the plaster sculptures.

After lunch we continue to Ananda temple, one of the greatest architectural masterpieces in Bagan, built in the early Mon-Myanmar style. We proceed to That-Byin-Nyu temple, built during 12th century, the highest in Bagan, to Dhamma Yangy temple, known for its singular brick construction , and to Gawdawpalin temple.

We end the day with a slow cruise on Irrawady river to enjoy the romantic sunset by observing the unique perspective of Bagan temples, fishing villages and villages on the shore.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

04. MOUNT POPA

Mount Popa © Laura D'AddioMount Popa

Transfer by car to the notorious Mount Popa, about 50 km southeast of Bagan (1h), the core of an extinct volcano, active about 25,000 years ago.

Is known for the popular belief that the animist recognizes as the abode of Nats: 37 magical spirits both feared and honored by the majority of the Burmese people. The mountain reaches an altitude of 1520 mt. To reach the top it takes about 45 minutes.

Visit the Mahagiri Sanctuary, Mahagiri Shrine, dedicated to the Nats. From the top you can enjoy a spectacular view of the valley.

At the end return to the hotel in Bagan.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

05. KAKKU PAGODA COMPLEX

Kakku ComplexKakku Complex

After breakfast transfer by flight to Heho. Upon arrival continue the trip to Taunggyi to visit the archaeological site of Kakku, among the largest complex of pagodas in Asia with 2400 stupa dating back several centuries ago.

The legend has it that the site was built during the reign of King Alaungsithu, in the 12th century, while some researchers, despite the absence of written artefacts, have placed the primary buildings from the 16th to the 18th century. However, some facilities are without a doubt much older.

Along the transfer stop at Phoebe Pwint Pagoda Shwe, located on top of the mountain east of the city, which offers an excellent panoramic view of Taunggyi.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

06. RED MOUNTAIN - INLE LAKE

Inle Lake © Gabriele StoiaInle Lake

In the morning visit to the characteristic Myoma Taunggyi market where once the villagers use to met every five days to buy and sell regional products whereas today has become a daily market daily constantly crowded.

Later we stop at Red Mountain vinery to enjoy and the amazing view and, for those who wish, a taste of the local wine.

Transfer to Nyaung Shwe and board on a private boat to explore Inle Lake and discover ethnic and craft villages: an exciting opportunity to closely observe the famous method the Burmese unique style of fishing “one leg rower“, farms, floating gardens and small islands.

Visit to Maungdaw Pagoda which houses the five most revered Buddha images in Shan state.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

07. MAY TAUNK VILLAGE AND MONASTERY

In the morning visit to May Taung village to meet the locals and learn about their authentic lifestyle.

Lunch at a local house and continue the visits to the orphanage and to the Monastery.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, lunch, tour guide, tickets and private transportation

08. BOAT TRIP TO INLE LAKE AND INDEIN

Indei Pagoda Complex © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelIndein Pagoda Complex

In the morning we continue the visit on the lake aboard a private boat.

Visit the floating market to observe the daily life of the minorities and their activities and continue to the south of the lake through the lush vegetation to Indein Pagoda Complex, the village known for the amazing archaeological site that houses hundreds of ancient Buddhist pagodas dated XIV-XVIII century, hidden by vegetation.

The boat leaves the lake and enters a narrow canal surrounded by a beautiful natural environment and then continue to a small village inhabited by Pa O tribe.

From the village continue along an old covered path to a 13th century monastery and the impressive ruins of hundreds of ancient pagodas half hidden by vegetation. The main stupa on the top of the hill offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding mountains.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

09. PYIN OO LWIN

In the morning transfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Mandalay and continue to Pyin Oo Lwin.

Visit to National Knadawgy Gardens and proceed to Peik Chin Myaung, also known as Maha Nandamu caves : a limestone formation dated approximately 230-310 million years ago, embellished with multiple Buddha images of different sizes.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

10. TRAIN HSIPAW

Goteik Viaduct © Laura D'AddioGoteik Viaduct

In the morning we reach the railway station of Pyin Oo Lwin in time for the excursion by train to Hsipaw (approximately 4h) passing over the Goteik viaduct between steep hills and breathtaking gorges.

The bridge, the highest in Myanmar, was built in 1899 during the British colony with the initial purpose of transporting goods in Shan State, an important ally british after the conquest of Burma. It is considered an extraordinary feat of engineering. Measuring 689 meters and includes 15 towers.

Upon arrival at the station Nwang Pang continue with our private vehicle to Hsipaw.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

11. VISIT LOCAL VILLAGES

In the morning we hike through the Shan villages to observe the way of life of minorities and to know the culture and local customs. Later we board on a local boat on the river immersed in a scenery of mountains, valleys, fruit plantations along the shore.

Stop for a short 45-minute trek through the orchards to the ancient Tai Monastery, built about 150 years ago. 

In the afternoon we return to the boat and continue the excursion. If desired you can take a swim in the river. Last stop of the day to a Shan village with traditional homesteads.

At the end of the day transfer to the hotel in Hsipaw.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

12. MANDALAY

U-Bein-bridge © Gabriele StoiaU Bein bridge

In the morning transfer by car to Mandalay former capital of Myanmar, the best place in the country where you can appreciate Burmese art and traditions.

Visit to Mahamuni Pagoda, one of the major pilgrimage sites, known for the revered images that express the representation of the life of the Buddha. Continue to Ku-Tho-Daw Pagoda – UNESCO World Heritage Site – considered the “largest book” in the world of the Buddha’s doctrine engraved on 729 marble slabs.

Afterwards we proceed to the famous U-Bein teak bridge on Lake Taungtaman, built in 1850, 1.2 Km long and considered the longest wooden bridge in the world.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

13. MINGUN AND SAGAING

Boat trip to Mingun © Gabriele Stoia - In Asia TravelBoat trip to Mingun

In the morning board on a private boat to Mingun, 12 km from Mandalay. Visit the Pon Daw Paya, Set Taw Ya Paya, the vaulted shrine containing a sacred footprint of the Buddha, the unfinished Mingun Pa Hto Taw Phaya Pagoda built in bricks, the famous Mingun Bell, which with 90 tons of weight is considered the second largest bell in the world, and Hsin Byu Me Phaya Pagoda. At the end we return to Mandalay.

In the afternoon visit to Myatheintan Pagoda, the best representation of the Universe. We proceed to Sagaing Hill, home to over 700 monasteries, and to Kaungmudaw Pagoda.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

14. AMARAPURA - YANGON

In the morning transfer to Amarapura, the “city of immortality” twice capital of Myanmar in the 18th and 19th centuries, known today for the precious silk and cotton processing. Upon arrival visit to the Mahar Gandar Yon Monastery to deepen understanding of the Buddhist religion and learn about the daily life of the monks.

Visit to Bagaya Monastery, built with 276 teak wood columns, to see the famous collection of Buddha images and observe the silent procession of thousands of monks who are going to lunch, their last meal of the day.

We continue to a local workshops to learn about the traditional hand made production of gold leaf commonly offered by the faithful to the Buddha statue.

Visit Shwe Nandaw Monastery (Golden Monastry) known for its exquisite wood carvings. The day ends with an exciting sunset from Mandalay HillTransfer to the airport for the domestic flight to Yangon.

Included : Hotel, breakfast, tour guide, tickets and private transportation 

15. YANGON DEPARTURE

Transfer to airport for departure flight.

Included : Hotel, breakfast and private transfer to the airport

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